My prints are a response to my fascination with the aesthetics and ephemerality of nature. I’m inspired by both the simplicity and complexity of natural forms and especially by finding beauty at moments when things are beginning to emerge and when they are coming to an end. This explains why I’m currently focusing on aspects of nature that are fragile, decaying and fading. My work is concerned with accepting that everything is in a state of transition and acknowledging the inevitability of decay and death.
I’m also interested in the relationship between abstraction and realism, merging the organic with the abstract and by doing so, distorting reality. I’m concerned with drawing out the qualities in natural forms and creating something new. I tend to work instinctively, so the process of making the print and the close connection I have with the image and process is paramount.
I often use my photographs as a starting point; I then manipulate the image by using a combination of digital media, etching and drawing to create abstract and semi-abstract work. My digital prints are produced by manipulating my photographs using digital media, I then build up the layers and colour to create movement and depth, hopefully to trigger a sense of familiarity, intrigue and promote contemplation.
I would like to think of my prints as a synthesis of parts taken from nature and my subconscious, with each layer representing changes that have gone before, life-cycles and the passage of time.